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Full text of "Poland Russia and Great Britain 1941-1945"

Anders, in spite of his being in active command of the Polish troops
fighting ia Italy at the time " as being censured by England^ along with
Sosnkowski and collaborators on the above charge."
Anders was also charged with being in league with the Gestapo, through
connections with supposed a collaborators in Poland." Kras?uiya
Zwiezda (Red Star) published a cartoon depicting General Sosnkowski
and General Anders washing their hands in a bowl of blood over a table
covered with the map of Warsaw.
" There has never been such an example of internal insurrection iri
any city along the Red Army's whole line of advance/* wrote Pravda on
August 19, and3 going on to criticise the leadership of the rising, said
that the Red Army had always warned people against such insurrections,
The Soviet Press accused " irresponsible leaders " in Warsaw, who should
ha\e waited " until the Russian forces had advanced in strength beyond
the Vistula." But the town of Warsaw lies on both sides of the river . . ,
The climax of this Soviet campaign to justify the inactivity of Russia in
giving supplies and support to the rising in Warsaw, was reached when the
Kremlin., through Zymierski, issued a threat to couit-martial and punish
General Bor and the leaders of Warsaw rising, who were labelled as
' guilty men.' This threat was issued when the German bombers^ guns3
mortars and flame-throwers were already pounding the capital into a
heap of burning rubble amidst which the inhabitants fought on in defence
of the fc Polish right to independence.' In an English transmission of
August 24, the Warsaw radio commented:—<cAn unanswered question
arises. Why are we not given help by those who could give it easily, and
adequately ? Why were not the Poles helped by an army standing only
ten miles away ? "
On the same day, the Glasgow Herald, as representative of the Scottish
Press, wrote that the " Polish Committee of National Liberation (in
Lublin) preferred to see their political opponents exterminated by the
Germans instead of coming to their rescue."* The Scottish newspaper
seemed to have taken the existence of thisŁ Committee' in earnest., as if it
indeed held the power to with-hold or give help to Warsaw,
It was obvious that the situation would have been easier for the
Kremlin if the Red Army could occupy the ruins of the Polish capital
and if the Council of National Unity, the Vice-Premier and the bulk of the
Home Army., were already liquidated by the Germans. The Russian
puppet Government could then be set up without hindrance.
On August 10, the German planes dropped leaflets containing an ulti-
matum, calling upon the population to leave the city carrying white hand-
kerchiefs and make for the west. " Those who allow themselves to be
* Osservatore Romany at the commencement of the rising^ had expressed the
same views, writing that "the Russians had deliberately stopped their offensive
at the gates of Warsaw."
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